Where to Eat in Puerto Princesa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 3, 2018 Margarita Chappel

Puerto Princesa, officially the City of Puerto Princesa, (Cuyonon: Siyudad i'ang Puerto Princesa; Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa sang Puerto Princesa; Filipino: Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa; Spanish: Ciudad de Puerto Princesa), and often referred to as Puerto Princesa City, is a 1st class Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 255,116 people.
Things to do in Puerto Princesa

1. Kalui Restaurant

369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Filipino, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +63 48 433 2580
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kalui Restaurant

Reviewed By Alexandre N - Paris, France

Great restaurant, in four days in Puerto princess I've been there four times. I truly advice the sashimi tuna (huge fresh trunks of tuna) and the blue merlin coming with tasty tempura vegetables and rice, the Merlin is just perfectly cooked grilled a bit juicy and very fresh. Walk a bit around to see the different decorations and dont forget a fresh Pielsen to make the whole an unforgettable meal :)

2. Badjao Seafront

Abueg Road, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Filipino, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 736 reviews

Badjao Seafront

Reviewed By GemayelSalinas - Cainta, Rizal, Philippines

The restaurant is very secluded and I understand the challenges with logistics and keeping the supplies running.
Puerto Princesa’s food scene can be boring compared to Boracay or Cebu until I’ve found this place.
This is a seafood retreat located in the mangrove forest floating in the sea. Service can be slow but they offer the best and freshest seafood experience!
Must visit!

3. La Terrasse

Rizal Avenue | Bancao Bancao / Fullbright School, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout Filipino, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$141 +63 48 434 1787
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 559 reviews

La Terrasse

decor, cuisine and creativity, la terrasse offers a taste of Palawan on plate and palate, weekly set menu at $5

Reviewed By mylongandwindingroad - Berlin, Germany

I try something new every time I come here and haven't been disappointed yet. Their poached fish is delicious and they have one of the best steaks in town. Definitely try the duck roll and bread with dipa appetizers - very good! And for desert, their homemade ice cream is perfect... and the bibingka to share :)

4. The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe

Unit 20 Mercado de San Miguel | North National Road, San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$39 +63 918 909 5571
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe

We went to this restaurant on 13 April 2011 and it had opened just a week beforehand. The decor, both inside and out, was novel and really tasteful. Food was delicious and service great. Even the owner came up and asked us personally how we found the food and service. I'd highly recommend a meal here!

Reviewed By Sai Illiane B

A place in front of the international airport that is too convenient whilst waiting for my flight. I liked listening to their chill music on a great ambience. I enjoyed my cold Palawan Arabica cappuccino. I added some cold beers and chips (tasty btw). I am pleased that they have a fast wifi and courteous staff. I will definitely chill there again. Bonus I found a new friend.

5. Kinabuch Grill & Bar

369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Filipino, Bar, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +63 48 434 5194
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Kinabuch Grill & Bar

Reviewed By Mika E - Tornio, Finland

This is the place, where I go to eat always in the first evening in Puerto Princesa. Kinabuch has large menu of reasonable priced great food and drinks. There are also every single evening lot of local people and tourists, which tells also something. There is also large drink and shooter menu.

6. Ima's Vegetarian Restaurant

Fernandez St.,, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Ima's Vegetarian Restaurant

Http://www.imas-vegetarian-restaurant.com/menu.html

Reviewed By Tina H - London, United Kingdom

I am vegetarian so I was so excited to finally find a veggie restaurant in the Philippines. With all the reviews I was really excited but it didn’t deliver on taste, we had the bean burrito which was just brown mush with cucumber in it, there was no onion, garlic anything to give it some taste. Thankfully they have mild chilli sauce on the table so we smothered it in that. We also had the Mexican salad, no corn, or onion but they did a bits of olive which did give it a bit of flavour but no dressing. I think this restaurant is more a “healthy” Vegan restaurant. The banana shake & mango juice was tasty came way after the food and we left hungry & disappointed.

7. Hibiscus Pizzeria

Manalo St. | Barangay Milagrosa, Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +63 908 862 7403
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Hibiscus Pizzeria

We are open at 6am for ala carte breakfast. Other dishes like pasta, main course for lunch and dinner are available daily. Pizza is served from 12noon onwards.

Reviewed By UncleAlbertsWife - Bellingham, Washington

We went here two out of the three nights we stayed in town. We went the first night, then the number 1 spot where we had to have Reservations, then back here because the food is fantastic! It's a combo of Italian and local. SO good. We had carpaccio each night and the second night all 5 of us ordered one each because we didn't want to share. We all had different items and they were all FANTASTIC! The desserts weren't as great as we hoped. Thick crust made the pies not as yummy as we hoped. If we lived here, we go every night. I just can't say enough about the food! OH MY!

8. Bona's Chaolong

Manalo Extension, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +63 48 434 8420
Excellent
31%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 145 reviews

Bona's Chaolong

Reviewed By jaethree - Manila, Philippines

I can eat this everyday.
As a matter of fact, I do. Whenever I’m in PP.
It’s a must.
And it’s a must that it’s in Bona’s.
It is so good even the Vietnamese like it better!
Always go for the meaty one! And dint forget the banh m to pair it with!
Beet is optional, but for me is constant.
Cheap! Order an extra, why don’t you!

9. Ka Inato

National Highway | Bgy. San Jose, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Filipino, Seafood, Barbecue, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +63 917 553 1721
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 306 reviews

Ka Inato

Reviewed By Emmareeeee - Philippines

true to their words, their signature grilled chicken is indeed spicy. super spicy!
what i like about the restaurant is the opportunity of employment they give to mute and deaf citizens of Palawan. the servers and some waiters are mute and deaf. of course a waiter who can speak will take your order. overall, the experience was good.

10. Haim Chicken

294 M. Manalo Extension | 294 Manalo Extension Street, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Grill, Filipino, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$16 - HK$39 +63 917 849 1994
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Haim Chicken

Serving 18 years of great food and experience. Fast forward 2017, Haim Chicken has now evolved into a restaurant showcasing Palawan's culture and local art. Located at 294 Manalo Extension Street, it is just a kilometer away from the Palawan Provincial Capitol (km 0), and just a 5 minute drive away from the airport. Haim Chicken's menu features the iconic Haim Chicken, a medley of local seafood, beef and vegetarian dishes, plus a dash of exotic eats special here in Palawan. It is also notable that the restaurant is pork free. "We're open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here's a place where locals eat. Hope to see you soon!"

Reviewed By Comila R

Since first visiting Haim Chicken last week, we have been back 2 more times!
The menu is pretty straightforward with a distinct section for vegetarians, which is rare for Filipino restaurants.
Their food is some of the tastiest Filipino food we've had in Puerto. The chicken inasal, tortang talong, kangkong, fresh limpia and sinigang are delish.
A tip for management, perhaps train your staff to be more comfortable speaking with foreigners, I understand that accents can make it difficult to understand English but being able to communicate with your customers is important for good customer service.
Otherwise, the service was very friendly.

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